In the past, only patients over age 50 were told to consider the warning signs of colorectal cancer. But, recent studies show that colorectal cancer rates among people under age 50 are rising at a remarkable rate. So, no matter your age, there’s no better time than the present to learn about the signs and symptoms of colorectal cancer – and how to reduce your risk of developing this condition.
What Are The Main Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer?
The primary colorectal cancer symptoms that you should be aware of include:
- Blood (either dark or bright red) in the stool
- Rectal bleeding
- A change in bowel movements (either frequency, timing, shape of stool, or stool amount)
- Abdominal cramping that isn’t linked to a stomach bug or a specific food
- Weight loss that can’t be explained by other factors
If you have any of these symptoms for longer than a week, consult with your doctor. Before heading to your appointment, learn if colorectal cancer is in your family history. If so, your physician may be more likely to conduct a screening.
How Can I Prevent Colorectal Cancer?
Leading a healthy lifestyle can lower your risk of developing colorectal cancer. Physicians specifically recommend the following tips:
- Eat a fiber-rich diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables.
- Limit your consumption of red and processed meat.
- Reach and maintain a healthy weight.
- Stay active with regular exercise.
- Limit your alcohol consumption and avoid tobacco.
- Complete all screenings recommended by your doctor.
At Body Flow Wellness, we help our patients improve their gastrointestinal health with colon hydrotherapy and specialized supplements. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and speak with one of our experienced providers.